Suffolk vet celebrates prestigious title

A SUFFOLK vet has been named as the country's best in a prestigious competition.

Richard Smith

A SUFFOLK vet has been named as the country's best in a prestigious competition.

Brian Faulkner, 37, won vet of the year at this year's Petplan Veterinary Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for the veterinary profession.

He runs the Melton vet surgery in Spur End, Wilford Bridge Road, Melton, near Woodbridge.

Last year Mr Faulkner was delighted when he was runner-up in the individual award and his surgery was also runner-up in the practice of the year category.

Now, thanks to the support of his clients, he has scooped the top award.

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Up to 250 animals go through the surgery each week and Mr Faulkner is assisted by receptionists and nurses to look after their welfare.

He said: “It is lovely to have the award but the day job goes on and I have to make sure I concentrate on the day job rather than get distracted by the award.

“In this practice we focus on the clients and giving good customer service and this includes empathy and understanding for the pet owners.

“I also do work experience for the children just to help them understand what the profession is like.''

The Petplan Veterinary Awards, now in their ninth year, recognise and applaud staff and practices throughout the country that have delivered an exceptional level of care to the nation's pets.

The Orwell Veterinary Group in Ipswich was named Britain's top practice, after being singled out for having a number of “remarkable” qualities by the panel of judges.

Charles Bagnall, owner of the Orwell Veterinary Group and practicing vet, said: “I am very proud of what my brother, I and our dedicated team have achieved over the past 14 years - we have built a well recognised and respected multi-centred practice and accredited veterinary hospital, while still providing friendly, professional and personal care.”

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